Fife Council to ‘look seriously’ during lifting propagandize uniform extend – The …
August 19, 2017 - School Uniform
Fife Council is to “look seriously” during lifting a propagandize wardrobe extend in time for subsequent year’s propagandize session, The Courier can reveal.
Council co-leader David Ross done a joining after concerns were lifted progressing this week that a turn of propagandize uniform stipend paid out to authorised low income families fell good brief of covering a tangible cost of kitting a child out for a classroom.
Figures from The Poverty Truth Commission suggested that councils should bottom their grants on a “reasonable” guess of £129.50 — a figure formed on a lowest prices for essential propagandize wardrobe during supermarkets and discount stores.
With that in mind, Fife’s Liberal Democrat credentials orator Councillor James Calder called on Fife to correct a extend upwards from a stream turn of £55.
Mr Ross reliable that Fife will indeed demeanour again during a issue, though called on a Scottish Government to yield some assistance.
“If schools need pupils to wear propagandize uniforms afterwards it is usually right that there should be some assistance to those families who face financial problems in assembly these requirements,” he said.
“We don’t wish some children to be stigmatised or feel reduction valued during school, since their families can’t means to compensate for propagandize uniforms.”
Fife awarded over 13,000 grants totalling £721,710 in 2016/17.
However, a volume varies from legislature to council, with West Lothian profitable adult to £110 per child.
Education secretary John Swinney has forked to justification suggesting that any smallest turn for propagandize wardrobe grants should be set during £70, nonetheless he combined he would cite to take brazen a “voluntary proceed with internal government” on a issue.
Mr Ross continued: “Our ability to account credentials is contingent on a extend from a Scottish Government so if Mr Swinney wants councils to boost these grants it would assistance if a Scottish Government supposing a additional appropriation indispensable to internal authorities.
“We guess that it would cost Fife scarcely £200,000 to lift a propagandize wardrobe extend to £70.
“If we wanted to go serve and compare a many inexhaustible turn of extend paid opposite Scotland afterwards a cost would be scarcely £600,000.
“Tackling misery and compelling equivalence is one of Fife’s tip priorities, though there are choices to be done here.
“In environment a bill for this year, a prior Labour administration invested £350,000 to support propagandize breakfast clubs and other initiatives to safeguard that all children start a day with a decent meal.
“So if we are means to find additional appropriation to deposit in rebellious child poverty, we need to consider delicately about how best to use this income and either augmenting propagandize wardrobe grants will be a many effective approach of investing it.
“I will make certain that we demeanour severely during augmenting propagandize wardrobe grants in a credentials of subsequent year’s legislature bill and in a meantime we will be essay to Mr Swinney to ask if a Scottish Government intends to account a boost he thinks is necessary.”
Mr Ross combined that he would inspire any family in Fife who thinks they competence be authorised for a propagandize wardrobe extend to hit a council.
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